Rainbow Beach

Extremely popular with families, this beach has a beach volleyball court and a beach bar for guests. The shore's rocky bottom is still good for swimming and snorkeling, and there are also prime dive sites offshore. On busy days, a rental stand leases out beach chairs, snorkeling equipment, and more to guests.

Located on the island of St. Croix, You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just a tropical beauty, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in the Virgin Islands. While Rainbow Beach might be a bit off the beaten path, it offers unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

How to Access The Beach

Rainbow Beach is located up Route 63 and is accessible via an entrance in a local restaurant.

Amenities and Ambiance

White sands and perfect waters for swimming and snorkeling make Rainbow Beach a great family hangout area. Just north of Frederiksted on St. Croix, this beach is also a favorite for scuba divers because of the spectacular dive sites nearby. The beach's relatively remote location promises a quiet experience, where guests will be able to take in the light crashing of waves.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. You might also have the option to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.

Picnic tables are on-site——great for full-fledged lunches or afternoon snacks.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Also, guests will have access to lounge chairs at this beach. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you want to do some underwater exploration. Rainbow Beach is the hangout spot for locals, especially families on the weekends, while tourists also add to the congested atmosphere.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Rainbow Beach on the West coast of St. Croix. Estate Mount Washington Plantation is one of a few popular spots in the area.

Some may think that beaches and museums are an odd combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (positioned a mile and a half to the south) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help share a different side of the Virgin Islands.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Rainbow Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Estate Mount Washington Plantation Historical Site 0.8 mi. N St. Croix
Teres Veho Watersports Operator 1.0 mi. SSE St. Croix
Paul E Joseph Stadium Sporting Event Venue 1.1 mi. SSE St. Croix
Buddhoe Park Park 1.2 mi. S St. Croix
Fort Frederik Historical Site 1.2 mi. S St. Croix
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Museum 1.4 mi. S St. Croix
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.7 mi. NNE St. Croix
Estate Whim Museum Museum 2.8 mi. SE St. Croix
Lawaetz Family Museum Museum 2.8 mi. SE St. Croix
Cruzan Rum Factory Distillery 3.1 mi. SE St. Croix
Good Hope Plantation Ruins Historical Site 3.8 mi. SE St. Croix
Carambola Beach Golf Club Golf Course 4.2 mi. ENE St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Rainbow Beach is very close to Frederiksted, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The nearby town of Frederiksted is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From Rainbow Beach, Frederiksted is a quick trip away, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it can appeal to guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good number of places to stay within a car's reach. Some of the closest choices are displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near Rainbow Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Mount Victory Camp 1.0 mi. NE Lodge
Frederiksted Hotel 1.4 mi. S Hotel
Sand Castle on the Beach 2.1 mi. S Hotel
Villa Morales 2.9 mi. SSE Guest house
Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa 4.3 mi. ENE Resort
Waves at Cane Bay 6.2 mi. NE Hotel
Cane Bay Reef Club 6.2 mi. NE Resort
Arawak Bay: The Inn at Salt River 8.5 mi. ENE Hotel
Villa Margarita Oceanfront Guesthouse 9.0 mi. ENE Guest house


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Rainbow Beach; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Bernie's Restaurant & Cafe. The restaurant has both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Rainbow Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bernie's Restaurant & Cafe (340) 713-8390 American, Caribbean -- 0.3 mi. N
Coconuts St. Croix (340) 774-0099 Mexican, Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.8 mi. SSE
Uca's Kitchen -- -- -- 1.3 mi. SSE
KFC Frederiksted -- American Very Casual 1.3 mi. SSE
Pier 69 (340) 772-0069 American Very Casual 1.3 mi. S
Polly's at the Pier (340) 719-9434 International Very Casual 1.3 mi. S
Blue Moon Cafe (340) 772-2222 Cajun, Caribbean, Eclectic Informal 1.3 mi. S
Lost Dog Pub (340) 772-3526 American Very Casual 1.4 mi. S
Frederiksted Hotel (340) 772-0500 -- -- 1.4 mi. S
Napoleon's Pizza (340) 713-9955 Italian -- 1.4 mi. S
Freedom City Restaurant (340) 227-0682 Caribbean, Continental Very Casual -- --
Los Angeles Cafe Bar & Restaurant (340) 772-0016 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on St. Croix, and Rainbow Beach is just one option.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Davis Bay, located a quick car or cab ride away. With a gorgeous beach, Davis Bay is a fine swimming spot on the northern side of St. Croix, and although it can get a bit windy, families and bodysurfers gravitate to this area to play in the waters. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Sprat Hall Beach offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's located two miles to the north.

You might also want to visit La Grange, located only a short distance away. La Grange beach, off of St. Croix, is a good beach where swimmers and snorkelers enjoy the sparkling blue waters, and beach loungers love the soft sands and complemetary chairs.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in the Virgin Islands, but Rainbow Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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